Watershed Watch Network Events

August 26, 2020

Cyanobacterial HAB Monitoring Virtual Workshop

Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (HAB) are becoming more prevalent in New Jersey lakes with every passing year. In response, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has just released a new interactive mapping and reporting system to make it easier for the public to view HAB activity and to report suspected HABs in your area.

Community monitoring groups are invited to this virtual workshop to hear from Victor Poretti and Dean Bryson from NJDEP Bureau of Freshwater and Biological Monitoring. After an introduction to NJDEP’s new online tools, these seasoned HAB monitoring experts will share the methods and tools they use to track toxic blooms throughout the state. Phycocyanin meters will be demonstrated – and available for equipment loan to select organizations!

Location: Zoom

September 26-27, 2020

Stream School with Rahway River Watershed Association

Join us for a two-day intensive weekend workshop to learn about water quality monitoring in New Jersey! After a brief introduction to stream and watershed ecology, participants will go streamside to learn techniques for visual habitat assessments, physical monitoring, and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling. Benthic macroinvertebrates, or small organisms like insect larvae, crustaceans, and mollusks that live in streams, are used as biological indicators of stream health.

This workshop is a great introduction to visual and biological monitoring for someone interested in taking the next step and becoming a volunteer monitor! After the workshop, participants will be connected with a community-based monitoring program near them to start volunteering. 

Location: Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange, NJ
$15 per person

Meetings, Workshops, and Conferences

November 6, 2020

4th Annual Watershed Conference

Presentation abstracts being accepted now.


CyanoHAB Identification Workshop

Gain hands-on experience with cyanobacteria taxa identification in preparation for the next HAB growing season. Originally scheduled for March 12th.


2020 Water Science and Technology Conference: Emerging Concerns in New Jersey Water Systems

Hear experts in surface water and drinking water systems discuss emerging contaminants that are impacting New Jersey water. This free conference features Mary-Anna Holden, the NJ Board of Public Utilities Commissioner, as the plenary speaker. Originally scheduled for March 31.


Northwest NJ Rivers Conference

The Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) and the Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference invites anyone and everyone who cares about the Highlands region, clean water and the Delaware River to join us in learning how we can best work to protect its resources: to conserve, restore, protect, educate, inform and bring communities together to defend and share what we love best. Originally scheduled for March 21.


NY/NJ Citizen Science Pathogen Monitoring Best Practices Training

This all-day training will feature workshops structured for individuals or groups that are looking for guidance on how to start their very own citizen science pathogen monitoring program and for those who are looking to increase the success of their current program. Originally scheduled for March 20.

National Conferences

Week of April 19, 2021

Abstracts accepted until September 24.

Providence, RI

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
Philadelphia, PA

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